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Workforce Development

Students at Mora High School are working on their welding skills for potential futures in manufacturing. 

The Initiative Foundation believes a skilled workforce is essential to the well-being of Central Minnesota.

Through 2030, when at least one of five residents in every Minnesota county will be older than 65, the Twin Cities is the only region in Minnesota that is expected to expand its working-age population.

In the very near-term, there will be 3.1 million jobs available in Minnesota in 2024. Unfortunately, even if we maintain employment rates at historic levels of 78 percent of adults working, only 2.7 million workers will be available/able to work in 2024. That leaves the state with 400,000 jobs to fill.

We are working on a number of initiatives to strengthen and grow our region's workforce for the future. 



 Don Hickman
Vice President for Community
 Workforce Development
(320) 631-2043